Well. How can you resist reading about my current ms with an introduction like that?
|A house in Raynes Park|
very similar to the one
I use in the book.
I had a lot of fun with the settings. I start off in San Francisco. Then my girl gets on a plane to London and arrives in a small town that is part of greater London, to which I've given the fictional name of Harringdon Park. This is based on the actual small southwest London area of Raynes Park. Then she goes to Edinburgh, Scotland, which is one of my most favorite cities in the world.
Right. So where does the ghost come in?
I like a bit of ghost in my stories, I do. But only a little! I don't love the ghost taking over the whole thing and mucking the thing up, because it's not a ghost story, it's a journey story and a love story. Ghosts are strictly third-class citizens here. Anyway, the ghost sends my main character some stuff to lure her over to England, where she will realize all. Ghosts, obviously, hold the keys to all knowledge since they sit in a place that traverses both conscious and sub, and they have all the mystical answers to the world. Obviously!
This book is women's fiction. There are, in my view, many veins of women's fiction. You have your Nicolas Sparks, and you have your smart, sassy ones like More Like Her, Liza Palmer's new book (freaking fantastic by the way), and clever ones like Sarah Pekkanen, and fun mystical ones like Sarah Addison Allen, and then your Serious Issue ones like Jodi Picoult. Anyway, I like to think I fall into a category somewhere in the neighborhood of Liza Palmer and Sarah Pekkanen, but this is akin to telling you I write wonderful, sure-fire fiction of the sort that everyone loves, and it smacks of grandiosity. So I refer you to what Kristen Lippert-Martin once told me, which is that I am sassy and I write sassy stuff. I think she said that. Could be more grandiosity on my part.
But there you have it.